New School of Communication Approved
October 30, 2007
The Loyola University Chicago Board of Trustees has approved the formation of a new School of Communication (SOC). The school will begin independent operations in the summer of 2008, and will be headquartered on the first three floors of The Clare at the Water Tower Campus beginning in January 2009. Initially, the school will offer undergraduate majors in Advertising/Public Relations, Communication, and Journalism. In addition, faculty members will continue their partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences to support its interdisciplinary major in International Film & Media Studies.
A search committee for the new school's first dean is being chaired by Jeff Rosen, dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
"This new School of Communication is rooted in our plan to expand undergraduate and graduate offerings in programs that continue to foster our Jesuit tradition of strong liberal arts education among students who will work in professional settings," according to President Michael Garanzini, S.J. "It will be a collaborative community of scholars and professionals who will function as instructors, internship supervisors, and advisory board members."
The SOC will have an external advisory board made up of Loyola alumni, noted professionals, and friends of the University who have expertise in the communication field. The board will assist the dean in understanding curricular needs, developing internship and career placement opportunities for students, and promoting faculty research.
"This undertaking is a focused initiative supported by the University's faculty and administration," says Loyola's new provost, Christine Wiseman. "The SOC has been under consideration for some time given the enrollment and market data that suggest there is increased demand for these programs. The time for this expansion is perfect, and we will have the ideal location for the school at The Clare."
Under direction of the new dean, the SOC expects to create additional undergraduate and graduate programs and to have a faculty of approximately 22-25 members within the first three years of operation. One of the key features of the school will be the presence of working professionals in various faculty roles.
As one of the nation's largest media markets, the city of Chicago offers Loyola students abundant opportunities to cut their teeth in the fields of journalism, communication, media/public relations, and advertising. Says Wiseman, "Our location in downtown Chicago is a major advantage as we strive to become Chicago's premier school of communication, and the first choice for students seeking a unique Jesuit foundation for their careers in communication."